Updated on July 12, 2012
Someone once said, “A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.” That being said, the life of a cowboy includes many dangerous elements – stampeding bulls, unruly horses and unpredictable nature in all its fierce glory. For a cowboy the right pair of work boots is imperative to protecting his feet and livelihood.
Cowboy boots have come a long way since the days of the Old West. Innovative technologies like supportive footbeds, gel cushions and stabilizers reduce stress on the knees, hips and lower back. Protective toe caps made of steel and composite materials safeguard the toes of these rough and tumble wranglers.
Several companies cater to the western style of footwear, such as Ariat, Timberland and Justin Original Work Boots. Check out a few of the preferred modern-day cowboy boots below.
The Ariat western work boot has a composite toe. With a Waterproof Pro design, the leather has an impermeable barrier. Its ATS (advanced torque stability) Max technology and forefoot and heel stabilizers provide support and reduce foot fatigue. The boot is slip-resistant and protects against electrical hazards. The pull-on work boot has a low-friction footbed to protect from blistering and heat build-up.
The steel toe work boot utilizes anti-fatigue and temperature-regulating technologies. In addition to protecting the cowpokes’ toes, the boot is slip-, oil-, and abrasion-resistant. The Timberland Wellington has a Goodyear welt cast-bond construction. Impervious to moisture, the Wellington is waterproof.
Justin Original Work Boots is known for its durability. The Stampede is one of the more stylish line of boots with fancy stitching and copper kettle rowdy leather. The boot has a round steel toe and an oil-, slip- and abrasion-resistant outsole. Wait, did we mention it was fashionable?
Would cowboy boots be appropriate for your everyday work routine?